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  • How to Travel with a Carry-on Only

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    Traveling carry-on only is both liberating and enlightening. No waiting for your luggage praying to the turnstile that your bag isn't lost, no lugging around unwieldy heavy objects through city streets, and lots of jealous looks as you breeze right out the door and straight into your next adventure. Sure, you might think you'll need tons of luggage for a trip... but you don't. How many times have you stuffed your entire wardrobe into your suitcase only to wear your handful of favorite items? Hectic travel mornings are a lot easier when you don't have to sift through dozens of shirts intermingled with socks, tangled with tech, and travel detritus. Embrace simplicity and find out how to streamline your packing into one carryon bag!

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  • A Leather Apple Watch Cuff As Old As Time... Or At Least As Old As Elvis

    When we found out we could get our hands on a select stock of vintage leather from Europe, we didn’t just buy a little bit of it, we bought it all. Hailing from the 1950s with a beautiful patina color we created a leather Apple Watch cuff that will mold to your wrist and age with you and your watch. The Limited Edition 60 Year Luxury Leather Lowry Cuff for Apple Watch Series 1 & Series 2 comes from the time of Elvis, The Civil Rights Movement, and the Lindy and stands out as a cuff meant to last for years to come.

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  • Art of Craft: Dawn, Master of Chaos

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    1. Dawn, what can you tell us about yourself?

    I like long walks on the beach, a good book, and to lay by the fire. Haha…no not really. What can I say? I guess I am your average American. I love a good cheeseburger, a glass of wine, and to snuggle up to a good movie on the couch with my hubby.

    We don’t have any kids of our own but I have two beautiful step daughters and a cat named Leo who is extremely vocal. He yells at me often for the things he “thinks” he needs. I love the Lord and am really active at my church in the worship ministry there. My faith is really important to me and plays a huge role in every aspect of my life. Continue reading

  • More then just a bumper case

    When we came up with the idea around the Traveler case for iPhone 5/5S we were inspired by my late father who carried a coin purse with him his entire life.  You can read more about that story here from this past March.

    Check out our video as well  Story of the Traveler Case.

    We love bumper case function and the more minimal approach they provide for an iPhone. What we hate is tons of plastic and injection molding.  That's everywhere.  We really wanted the Traveler case to wrap leather around an iPhone like a cool evening jacket. Like that trusty coat, the cover needed to also be practical.

    After dozens of prototypes we arrived at a case that we think fits these passions. Gorgeous full grain leather, stitching and very intricately handmade by our brothers and sisters in Leon.  We can even attest to it's drop protection. We have done multiple drops with our iPhones in the Traveler on concrete, some planned and some not so much.  The traveler did it's job well and we simply applied some boot oil to the scuffs- good as new.

    Check out our Traveler and as with all our products there is a 30 day money back promise.

    Brian

    Mr PQ

  • Those words don't go together

    One of my early job requirements for Pad & Quill was to become familiar with Pinterest and like many of my technology adaptations, I began with a shudder, gave it a noble effort then abandoned it when I couldn’t recall my sign in information.  Then a friend of mine announced her engagement and suddenly Pinterest was the only proper means of communication with the female side of the bridal party.  So, I hunted down my sign in information and began once again perusing the form of social media that most certainly is the insurance asset should Martha Stewart find herself incarcerated again.  Thanks to Pinterest, I am now convinced that baking soda and vinegar are the solution to every domestic dilemma from dust mites to indigestion.

     

    Speaking of indigestion, Pinterest had me arranging my refrigerator in alphabetical order, with the helpful “m” admonition that any item rendered nondescript due to a colony of mold growth be discarded.  Was Christmas really 4 months ago?  By far my favorite letter to organize was “C” as in chocolate and cheese, the incontrovertible couple of comfort.  After dispatching the indistinguishable, I discovered I had an amiable array of cheeses, including both artisan and everyday staples.  Lacking an idea for dinner it seemed brilliant to melt them into a marvelous crock of mystery mac and cheese.

     

    Since I am now leading a Pinterest life, it was only reasonable to complete the trifecta and post an Instagram of said dish to Facebook.  In the process of compiling a pithy comment to accompany my post, I typed the word “artisanal” only to have one of those parallel universe-spelling encounters where you swear a word should be spelled one way but spell checker asininely insists you are wrong.  My culinary sense wanted to convey the buttery goodness of hand crafted cheeses, but my aging eyes could only see “art is anal”.  And as Mr. PQ pointed out in his “comment”, anal and dinner really shouldn’t be in the same sentence.  The dietitian in me wanted to point out that there is only about 31 feet of separation between the two (7 inches of esophagus, about 6 for the stomach, 25 feet for the small intestine, and 5 feet for the large intestine- for you non physiology types) but the writer in my was stuck on anal art.

     

    “Art is anal” seemed so crass when describing the cache of excellence the word evokes.  But that got me thinking, good art, art that can be appreciated for it’s beauty, creativity and inspiration probably is anal at some level.  It’s rare to achieve wonder without tedious attention to detail and craftsmanship.  We see this in every Traveler iPhone 5 case that is stitched with parachute thread, and every Midtown wallet that is meticulously cut from full grain leather.   We want our craftsmen to be ‘anal’ so that we can assure you, our customer, are receiving the pride of what we have to offer.

     

    And, in case you were wondering, the mystery mac was delicious!

  • Chef Florence, moody boys and craftsman

    We’ve had some moody menfolk in the Pad and Quill household of late, and what a span of moods it is.  I’m beginning to agree with the fifteen year old who contends that men do indeed have a monthly cycle.  Mr. PQ is simply thrilled to have booked reservations at both of Tyler Florence’s restaurants in the San Francisco area at the end of this month.  Mr. PQ’s man crush on Tyler is so pervasive I’m beginning to wonder if I should worry.  Forty years of learning have taught me to wield a paring knife reasonably well but Brian is never going to see this any time soon.

     

    At the other end of the spectrum sits the thirteen year old who had the audacity to get sulky on our recent holiday to the beaches of Florida.  Notwithstanding the fact that we had escaped a week of sub zero, snowy days, he also had 6 days away from school, days in which the most pressing decision was whether to swim in the pool or the ocean.  His angst centered on his inability to craft the sand castle he wanted and his consternation that his mom could sculpt a sea turtle that passerby’s stopped to photograph.  What he failed to recognize is that his mom has a lot more years of experience working with her hands and crafting things.  His angst afforded me a moment to encourage him in working hard and practicing the things he enjoys, while recognizing there will always be someone who is more craftier, more able, more intuitive, more intelligent then you, and that you do well to learn from them.

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    After this, we constructed quite the re-creation of the Battle of Bull Run with sand, seaweed and Little Green Army Men.

     

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    This all brings me to thinking about a new line of small leather goods we are in the process of designing.  Anyone can plug in a sewing machine and beat out a folding flap of leather that holds a few credit cards. However, when you want a piece of art that offers durability as well as beauty for your iPhone or back pocket, it comes in very handy to have those sewing machines operated by folks who have been stitching for decades.   So along with being grateful for amazing chef’s, and a holiday by the sea, I’m very grateful for the excellent team of craftsmen we have in the Pad and Quill family.

    Kari

    (Mrs PQ)

  • Which one?

    We get lots of questions about the differences in our new leather bags.  I thought it was time to discuss the design and features represented in our three carry bags.

    Messenger Bag

    When we set out to craft these bags one of our biggest litmus tests was the question:  Does this tie together old and new ideas? The messenger bag concept is a classic designed larger bag meant to sling over the back for the daily commute. This design holds lots of stuff and has pockets to keep everything in order.  We took that idea then added luxurious and organic materials to make something new, yet familiar.  We love the two large pockets for holding your cords, chargers, battery back ups or hard drives.  Along with a large laptop pocket designed to hold up to a 15 inch Macbook Pro retina. Finished off with a large leather flap that has a real cherry wood laser etched Pad & Quill mark to make quite a statement.

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    The Satchel

    Think of the satchel as a slimmer version of the Messenger.  Same gorgeous materials in a more deft package. When we first made this design we had a more pronounced handle at the top and the flap did not go very far down, sort of brief case looking. We decided that was a bit too old school and we wanted something with a larger flap and more subtle handle at the top. A design somewhere between a satchel and soft sided bag.  We also wanted something that holds up to a 15 in MacBook Pro retina laptop as well as a journal or iPad. Add to that misc cords and chargers all bundled in a minimal designed carry bag. That is what we achieved in this leather bag and that is the Satchel by Pad & Quill.

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    The Field Bag

    The Field Bag is like taking our Satchel, going portrait in the orientation and then adding a ridiculous amount of pockets. Did I mention many pockets?  This is my favorite bag for travel by far!  We wanted a bag that does not swing behind you as you move, but rather sits just behind your back. The vertical orientation allows for this quite nicely. Great for tight commutes on planes, trains and various other modes of transportation. This bag holds laptops, journals, cords, chargers, iPads, iPhones, and other items in a slim, yet ready to grown leather and canvas package.

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    Ultimately your the one who has to decide which bag is right for you. Pad & Quill bags are not only designed to last but make a statement. Organic materials, unique hand made craftsmanship and subtle design combine to offer 3 very unique and beautiful bags for all the daily adventures you might encounter.  So go ahead and Carry On!

    Brian

    Mr PQ

     

  • Are Kindles and Other E-Readers Worth It?

    In the last several years, Kindles and e-readers in general have seemed to take off. But how viable an alternative is it to paper books? We'll take a look here, comparing Kindles against paper books in a number of categories.

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  • Dry Goods Crafted by Pad & Quill

    It’s a gray, chilly day here in Pad & Quill land.  Ice is forming at the edges of lakes and solidifying ponds, encouraging the remaining waterfowl to sequester and follow the gray-haired snow birds south.  It’s a chill that defies overcoats ands sweaters, and immobilizes hands.  It also invigorates double coated dogs, and so I found myself at the local dog park with Bear the psuedofox.  It’s my forty minutes of solitude away from iPhones and Aria’s, spreadsheets and ledgers.  It’s his forty minutes to be all canine, racing and romping with any of a dozen other friends, sans the restraints of a leash.  It’s a thing of beauty fashioned by nature. Then nature collides with reason when frozen hands and the office beckon and the mutt decides to become the official greeter for each dog entering the park.

     

    Designing new products is somewhat akin to the dog park experience, whereby “twenty” minutes of poor quality control can become the bane of “forty” minutes of design and craftsmanship.  With the design process of our new line of bags we sought to marry the best of natural beauty with the precision of excellent craftsmanship, because we know luxurious leather can travel miles upon miles so long as it’s stitched together with parachute grade nylon and the integrity of seamsters that have generations of sewing in their families.  Quality such as this ages like dog years, in reverse.  We thoughtfully designed each bag to neatly hold power cords, writing implements, files and of course your trusty Apple device.

     

    Our bags are imbedded with personality from the inside, where burnt orange brings a splash of color and illuminating functionality (in other words, you can find your stuff at the bottom because it doesn’t disappear into mirky blackness), out, where our signature bookmark is discreetly incorporated.  If you’re looking to invest in a bag that will travel like a trusty companion, that won’t break down just as you’ve begun to delight in it’s artistry, then we invite you to try the new Pad & Quill Messenger, Field and Satchel bag.

     

    Crafted, by Pad & Quill

     

    Mrs PQ

  • Drop your Milk Duds, the Pad & Quill Air cases are here

    Having been struck with a craving for remarkably decadent chocolate, I was compelled to make my way across the street to the local gas station. Truth be told, and no great surprise here, they don’t sell decadent chocolate at my local gas station. Indeed the average lunch purchase consists of 2 hot dogs, a 20oz Mountain Dew and a pack of Camels. Our little warehouse is located in a salty area of town which is about as likely to produce Fran’s delectable Salted Caramels as it is to have a bullet free night. But I was desperate, so Milk Duds it was and I sauntered back to my pseudo cubical.

    The new iPad Air has been released and it is nothing short of stunning. Heavenly, salted caramels stunning. Then comes the case, a so called Smart Cover. iPad Air with it’s sublimely slender profile and pristinely clear retina screen, encased in plastic. I think I just choked on my milk duds. You might as well encase the Mona Lisa in a cheap Walmart frame.

    When you invest in the iPad Air, you are purchasing technology, but you are investing in an experience. That’s why it only makes sense to commission a craftsman to build a case which enhances the experience. Fortunately for you, we shouldered the commissioning fee, hired the craftsman and designed cases that will entice your senses and embellish your persona.

    At Pad & Quill we’ve covered all the bases. Want something self-propping? Try our Contega or Contega Linen for iPad Air. Our lightest, most durable propping case to date. Over the top luxury your style? The Aria is the case for you. Frankly doesn’t get more beautiful then french hemmed seams and full grain leather. You’re a minimalist at heart, then the brand new Walden series is in your wheel house. You prefer a blank canvas? We hand the design tools over to you with our Author’s Series. And, if you have been with Pad & Quill from the beginning and love our moleskin-ish journal, we’ve treeked the Octavo to match the utility and grace of the new Air.

    Yes, it was just Halloween. Yes, the kid came home with 37 pounds of Milk Duds and assorted candy. There comes a time though, when calorie balance matters, when the plastic case really needs to be relegated to walks at the dog park and when you owe it to yourself to indulge your finer affections.

    Mrs PQ
    Kari

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